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    Default Really fast letdown causing vomiting?

    My DD is 8 days old, and we've had no trouble at all establishing breastfeeding. However, I seem to have a super fast letdown, and sometimes she coughs at the breast but stays latched, while other times she lets go and the milk just gushes out like a tap.

    Anyway, just now after feeding she has had two massive vomits, and she's never vomited before. It just looks like milk, and my midwife said it's probably due to how fast my letdown is. Has this happened to anyone else? Is there anything I can do to make it slower for her?

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    I had a really fast letdown that made my newbie choke and turn blue momentarily - very scary at the time but there was just so much milk my poor bubba couldn't handle it all.

    Best thing that worked was to hand express or pump some milk before latching (especially if you are engorged), or latching him on until I felt letdown and then took him off until the gushing stopped. He wasn't too pleased when I did his but it made feeding a lot easier for him and the milk came at his own pace.

    Poor poppet! Hopefully it settles down a bit in the next few weeks.

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    Yes this happened to me with DD. it's shocking how much milk comes out of such a tiny human!
    Hand express a bit before putting Bub to the breast - used to just express into a spew rag.
    Look up laid back breastfeeding, this was also useful - I reclined in my feeding chair or on pillows on the couch with baby on my chest, you are letting gravity help you by the milk going "uphill" so less likely to choke baby.
    Avoid pumping at this stage as it will only increase your supply!
    It settled down about the 6 week mark for me.

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    Happened with all 3 of my boys. All good advice above hopefully it should settle around 6 weeks. If it doesn't - mine never did I still go off like a geyser with DS3 and he's 7.5 months - you can look at Block feeding.

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    Thank you, that puts my mind at rest that it's normal! I do usually lay down to feed, so maybe today she vomited because I fed sitting up several times.

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    Happened with both bubs.

    You can try a few things. Express a little first. Or change feeding position so the milk goes 'up' rather than 'down' and it helps slow it.

    So lying back on a recliner/on pillows.

    It does get better when theyget older.

    Also try burping mid feeds too. Sometimes there are air pockets.

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    @Shoopuf I went through the same until I tried block feeding. There should be some info about it on the Breastfeeding Association website. Congratulations on your beautiful little one btw x

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    Yup, with both of mine. Hate to tell you, but mine didn't stop being so spewy until they were 6-12 months old. Hopefully yours settles earlier!

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    Of course block feeding! That works too.

    And happy spewy baby is totally ok and normal. I went through sooooooo many burp cloths (terry towel nappies).

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    Yes I did, I ended up stopping bf because of it. But... I should have seen a lactation consultant. Please see one if you are worried or call the breastfeeding association and a nurse should be able to help you!

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